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Dental Implant Basics

Dealing with oral issues can be frightening. Something about the thought of drilling and digging in the mouth area sends most people into a panic. But with the right dentist performing those procedures, the scary thoughts quickly become unjustified.

Benefits of Dental Implants

For those with teeth that may be missing or must be removed, dental implants are a great way to still enjoy eating foods and feeling comfortable with smiling because they replace those missing areas with standard looking teeth that function just like the rest.

If you’re considering dental implants, here is a basic rundown of what’s involved.

The Basics

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, a periodontist or oral surgeon will first work on that portion of the procedure. Or, if you are already missing a tooth in the area in question, they will move on to the next step which involves taking an impression of the tooth and area to be filled so the new implant will be a good fit.

The following steps, depending on each patient’s specific condition and needs, can take a few hours, weeks or months to go through. Visiting with a professional is the only way to know what will be involved in your case.

When you get a dental implant put in, there are metal posts inserted into your jaw to connect the tooth to your jawbone and gums. The replacement tooth that has been created from the impression to fit the location is then mounted. Over time as the area has time to heal, it will then become stable and in the final steps of the tooth restoration procedure, your dentist will have you come in for an office visit to place the crown over the implant to protect it.

Since these are firmly put in place, they are much more stable feeling than traditional dentures or bridges and make it easier to do things like eat and talk. Each patients experience will differ depending on the unique situation but overall, the steps involved in getting a dental implant are not painful.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry services are a great advantage of modern medicine and are making it possible for more people to continue to have a great smile and use their teeth for longer than ever before. Much of the anxiety around trips to the dentist are based on fears that pain will be intolerable but this just isn’t the case. If you’re ready to get teeth that look and feel great back, give Fried Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment.